Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my friends, followers, and gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2021.

Winter Solstice, Gina Litherland

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.   
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,   
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,   
lists of vegetables, partial poems.   
Orange swirling flame of days,   
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,   
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.   
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,   
only the things I didn’t do   
crackle after the blazing dies.

Naomi Shihab Nye, “Burning the Old Year” from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Portland, Oregon: Far Corner Books, 1995).

This year’s Winter Solstice coincides with the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, also known as a Great Conjunction. To find out more about it, click on the link below. It will lead you to my blog post, which has been published in the November/December issue of Infinity Astrology Magazine. Readers of my web log can access it for free, here:

The Great Conjunction of 2020 and its Future Implications

Annular Solar Eclipse 21 June 2020

On 21 June, at 06:40UT, there will be an annular solar eclipse. The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 00*21′ Cancer.

The annular phase of this eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and northern India. It will also be visible in China. Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse will be South/East Europe, Much of Asia, Northern parts of Australia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.


The eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 137, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 70 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 25, 1389. The 21 June 2020 solar eclipse was preceded by the solar eclipse of 10 June 2002 and will be followed by the solar eclipse of 2 July 2038.

The chart below, cast for London, shows the eclipse:solar eclipse 2020

Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, we have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Cancer, the sign wherein the eclipsed Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect.

Looking through traditional source material, we find that  Africa, Algiers, Amsterdam, Bithynia (Asia Minor), Burgundy, Cadiz, Carthage, Constantinople (Turkey), Genoa, Granada, Holland, Lubeck, Magdeburg (Germany), Milan (Italy), Pisa (Italy), Prussia, Scotland, Tunis, Venice, Wittenberg, York and Zealand are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Cancer.

Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC):

map eclipse 2020With the eclipse point close to the MC in India, China, Russia and Kazakhstan, we should take note that eclipse themed events could take place there in the next 6 months.

The chart below shows the eclipse cast for New Delhi. We note that eclipse chart Mars is on the DC, square the eclipse point on the Midheaven. This also means that the Lesser Malefic opposes the Ascendant, in Virgo. (N.B. Mercury, Lord of the Ascendant is also in Cancer, located in the 10th house). In mundane astrology, the first house signifies the general condition poverty/prosperity or illness/health of the country in question. There is also the link to the 10th house via retrograde Mercury – again, in mundane astrology the 10th house signifies national reputation, employment rate, etc.

ecliopse chart new delhi 2020

To get into more detail, the eclipse point is in the first Decanate of Cancer, which is ruled by Venus, therefore we have to look at her and the Moon as eclipse ruler. In mundane astrology, the Moon signifies the common people, but as well the matter these people are focusing on. Venus in mundane charts signifies social factors connected to marriage and children but also issues of peace and diplomatic resolutions.

Broadly speaking, eclipses in Cancer signify, according to William Lilly:

“… a rottenness or corruption in the fruit when its gathered, occasioning surfets, and sicknesses unto such as eat them, Sea fights, long and dangerous Navigations.”.

William Lilly also writes in his Annus Tenebrous, that a solar eclipse in the first Decanate of Cancer:

“… disturbs the ayr, and stirs up strange weather, and variety of it, inclines men to Arms, and to violate National Leagues, deceitfully under the species of Religion.”

We also have to add to the picture that Sun and Moon are conjunct fixed star Menkalinan, causing ruin, disgrace, and frequently violent death. [Robson, p175f]. Venus, who is co-ruler of the eclipse is conjunct Prima Hyadum, in Gemini, the leading star of the Hyades cluster in the constellation of Taurus, that brings sudden events, reversals, tears and sometimes violence. 

All in all it seems that this eclipse will add to the already volatile situation occurring world wide. People who are obvioiusly (and rightly) expecting strong leadership may feel disappointed, left confused and without clear guidance. This may also spill over into themes of a religious nature, whereby certain religious stock phrases or views may be used to peddle doubtful ideologies. The world economy will most likely see a continued downturn, with all its resulting negative effects for communities as well s individuals.

The angularity chart shows that the effects of this eclipse will be affecting us during at least the next six months, whereby Asia will be highlighted. All of this may be a prelude to the upcoming Great Conjunction (Saturn/Jupiter conjunction December 2020), which will take place in Aquarius. This conjunction highlights the mundane astrological shift of emphasis from Earth (Taurus) towards Air (Aquarius) which points towards Asia beginning to play much more of a dominant role.


It is useful to know that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in Cancer was in June 2001. It may be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2001. Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinised for any of the following:

  • Sun or Moon are in or around 00* Cancer
  • Sun or Moon are in or around 00* Capricorn (opposition)
  • 00* Cancer is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
  • 00* Cancer is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)

Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.